Nadia Rahman, Chair and Associate Professor

Nadia Rahman is a broadcast journalist and a documentary producer.  She started her academic career at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she received her MFA in Film and Video Production, 2001. She also holds a BA in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1990.  Prof. Rahman was hosted by Zayed University’s College of Communication and Media Sciences (CCMS) as a Fulbright Research Scholar in 2004 and joined the CCMS faculty in 2005 as an Assistant Professor of Media Production and Storytelling and Director of the ZU Media Institute.  Since then, she has also served as Assistant Chair, Acting Director for ZU’s Government Communication Department, and most recently Department Chair.

A decade prior to joining ZU, Prof. Rahman produced, directed, and edited hundreds of hours of television news and current affairs programing for internationally renowned broadcasters.   She covered 9/11 and the aftermath for Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel as a Senior Producer for North America based in the Washington D.C. bureau.  For most of the 1990s, she was based in Jerusalem where she worked as the Middle East Producer for the BBC. She also produced for NHK (the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation) and CNN in Jerusalem and the rest of the Middle East.  Her exclusive work has won her awards and recognitions in the television broadcast sector.  Prof. Rahman also edited the Middle East section of Gulf News English daily out of Dubai, for a six-month stint. She continues to work as a freelance journalist and media consultant. Her work has been published in the Washington Post and Gulf News and she served as a consultant for Sky News Arabia Pre-Launch in Abu Dhabi. 

Her academic research focuses on Middle East topics including:  Broadcast trends, social media, youth culture, documentary, film, and oral history. Prof. Rahman has been a guest speaker at a number of universities, including classes at Columbia University in New York and Georgetown University in Washington D.C.  She continues to volunteer and mentor young women journalists on behalf of The Marie Colvin Journalists’ Network, in honor of the late award-winning Sunday Times Correspondent.